JAMES CITY — The first week back from spring break for the Jamestown girls tennis team included a pair of team wins over local rivals Lafayette and Warhill before a make-up match Friday at Tabb.
Jamestown (5-2 overall entering Friday) improved to 3-0 in the Bay Rivers District Thursday with a 7-2 victory over Warhill.
Lauren Montgomery, Emily Sharp, Katie Rowland, Casey Schmidt, and Joanna Stathopoulos registered the singles wins for the Eagles, who built some momentum with an “A game” performance, according to their coach, to start the week with an 8-1 win over Lafayette.
“We had been losing the last couple of matches 5-4,” Jamestown coach Karen Johnson said. “We went into spring break and won 5-4 against Poquoson, down to the wire. I was expecting a little more of the same against Lafayette and Warhill, knowing the top of their lineup was strong.”
But Jamestown controlled each match with Montgomery and Rowland, and Schmidt and Jessica Shi combining for the doubles wins.
Warhill sophomore Jackie Jones registered wins on line one in singles and doubles, pairing with Sydney Cawthon to outlast Alisha Kohli and Emily Sharp 9-7 in the match of the afternoon – and evening. They finished shortly before dusk. Each doubles team was a new pairing for Johnson and Warhill coach Jim Gomes.
Kohli and Sharp played together for the third time this season. “They’re getting themselves organized a little bit and it’s very encouraging the way I’ve been seeing them play together as a team,” Johnson said.
Montgomery and Rowland, both freshmen, played together for the second time and remained unbeaten for the Eagles.
Before the season, Gomes bestowed high praise for Jones, in part because of her athleticism. She hadn’t focused entirely on tennis until last year when she started the season on line five. This season, her only singles defeat is to York standout Natasha Novak.
Jones and the Lions await a big test at home Tuesday against Poquoson in a rematch of last season’s Group 3A Conference 25 championship in which the Lions outlasted the Islanders 5-4. Jones was involved in the epic doubles match, on line three, that secured the first conference title in program history.
Reigning district champion Jamestown will be tested next week, too, against Smithfield and Grafton.
JAMESTOWN 7, WARHILL 2
Singles: (W) Jones d. Kohli 6-3, 6-2; (J) Montgomery d. Braddom 6-4, 6-3; (J) Sharp d. Cawthon 6-3, 6-1; (J) Rowland d. Costanzo 6-0, 6-0; (J) Schmidt d. Kuzmanovic 6-1, 7-5; (J) Stathopoulos d. Usher 6-0, 6-0. Doubles: (W) Jones-Cawthon d. Kohli-Sharp 9-7; (J) Montgomery-Rowland d. Braddom-Kuzmamovic 8-1; (J) Schmidt-Shi d. Costanzo-Foster 8-2.
JAMESTOWN 8, LAFAYETTE 1
Singles: H. Quarles (L) d. Kohli 6-1, 6-3; Montgomery (J) d. Rosewelsh 6-0, 6-2; Sharp (J) d. A. Quarles 6-2, 6-3; Rowland (J) d. Gareis 6-1, 6-3; Schmidt d. North 6-0, 6-0; Stathopoulos d. Klee 6-3, 6-0. Doubles: Kohli-Sharp d. H. Quarles-Rosewelsh 8-4; Montgomery-Rowland d. A. Quarles-Gareis 8-2; Schmidt-Stathopoulos d. North-Klee 8-2.
York 6, Lafayette 3
Singles: (Y) Novak d. H. Quarles 6-0, 6-0; (L) Rosewelsh d.Zhou 6-2, 4-6 (10-5); (Y) Mack d. A. Quarles 6-3, 6-2; (L) Gareis d. McCreery 6-2, 6-2; (L) North d. Rosario 6-2, 6-0; (Y) Watts d. Klee 6-1, 7-5. Doubles: (Y) Zhou-Novak d. Rosewelsh-H; (Y) Quarles 8-1; Mock-Watts d. A. Quarles-Gareis 8-6; (Y) McCreery-Zizzi d. North-Klee 8-1.
JAMESTOWN 9, WARHILL 0
Singles: G. DeBerry d. Gravel 6-0, 6-0; Song d. Nu 6-0, 6-1; Kruger d. Wright 6-0, 6-0; Allred d. Toedniakov 6-0, 6-0; Shi d. Brown 6-0, 6-0; Hoffman d. Williams 6-0, 6-0. Doubles: G. DeBerry-Yowell d. Gravel-Wright 8-0; Song-J. DeBerry d. Nu-Toedniakov 8-0; Montgomery-Pieper d. Martinez-Lee 8-0. Record: Jamestown 6-2, Warhill 0-6.
Grafton 2, Bruton 1: Kyle Perry scored for Bruton on an assist from Chuckie Tenbusch. Tadic Mielczarek tallied seven saves for the Panthers (5-2, 0-2 Bay Rivers), who play at New Kent Tuesday.
Walsingham Academy 11, Norfolk Collegiate 5: Lincoln Lubsen earned the win on the mound for the Trojans (6-6, 3-3 TCIS), who rallied for eight runs in the seventh inning and will play next week in Myrtle Beach, S.C. for spring break.
Tredell Blow, Christian Carter and Zach Stanko each registered a pair of RBIs for Walsingham. Stanko and Carter each were 3 for 4 and Tanner Schobel and Jason Covaney also added RBIs.
Lubsen relieved Stanko, who started and threw five innings, allowing two earned runs.